A new convention hotel, the Hilton Columbus Downtown, has opened in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Hilton Hotels & Resorts announced last week.
"Today is a significant milestone in the longstanding relationship between Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the City of Columbus and our distinguished business partners involved in this monumental project," said Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman. "Hilton Columbus Downtown will attract millions of new visitors and make Columbus a best-in-class destination for national conventions and events."
Connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center by a 380,000-pound pedestrian skybridge, the $140 million hotel offers 532 guest rooms and 31,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, not to mention a full-service French bistro-inspired restaurant specializing in locally-sourced ingredients.
"Hilton Hotels & Resorts values its partnership with the City of Columbus and Franklin County," said Dave Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. "This area is a growing center of tourism and events in Central Ohio. The opening of Hilton Columbus Downtown is an important and exciting addition to the Hilton family of properties."
Because it's located in the city's arts district, the hotel also features a collection of more than 225 original art pieces, as well as paintings, sculpture and photographs from more than 128 local artists.
"Situated in the center of the arts, entertainment and business districts, Hilton Columbus Downtown reflects the creative spirit and energy of Ohio's capital city," said General Manager Christian Coffin. "The property features a sleek and contemporary look, and offers the perfect combination of comfort, convenience and affordability, setting the tone for guests' and visitors' expectations."
The new hotel is a major boon for Columbus, which expects the property to increase its competitive advantage in the market for meetings and events.
Said Brian Ross, vice president of sales for Experience Columbus, "The new, full-service convention hotel significantly enhances our convention package and allows Columbus to compete for a larger share of the state, regional and national convention, meeting and trade show market and sporting events."